Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.5, Visual Studio for Mac Released

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Large C# and VB solutions load significantly faster in 15.5 update

On average, 50 percent of all solutions opened by Visual Studio users open in ten seconds or less. However, large solutions can take longer to load because there are a lot of projects that Visual Studio needs to process. Over the last six months, we looked at ways to make solution load much faster, even… Read more

Test Experience Improvements

There have been several significant improvements to the test experience that range across Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services. These efforts involved frameworks and tooling for both .NET and C++, but all had a common goal: make testing with our developer tools a great experience. .NET Side-by-side Performance Comparison These improvements are best shown… Read more

Improved overall Visual Studio “15” Responsiveness

This is the final post in a five-part series covering performance improvements for Visual Studio “15”. This series covers the following topics: Part 1: Faster Visual Studio “15” Startup Part 2: Shorter Solution Load Time in VS “15” Part 3: Reduced out-of-memory crashes in VS “15” Part 4: VS “15” gets faster for C++ Part 5: Improving… Read more

Faster C++ solution load and build performance with Visual Studio “15”

With Visual Studio ‘15’ our goal is to considerably improve productivity for C++ developers. With this goal in mind we are introducing many new improvements, which you can try out in the recently released Preview 5 build. The highlights of this release include the following: Faster C++ solution load ‘Fast project load’ is a new… Read more

Reduced Out of Memory Crashes in Visual Studio “15”

This is the third post in a five-part series covering performance improvements in Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. The previous 2 posts talked about faster startup, and shorter solution load times in Visual Studio 15″. Visual Studio is chock-full of features that millions of developers rely on to be productive at their work. Supporting these features,… Read more

Shorter Solution Load Time in Visual Studio “15”

This is the 2nd post in a five-part series covering performance improvements for Visual Studio “15”. Yesterday Selma shared some of the ways we have made Visual Studio “15” startup quicker than ever. Today, I will talk about a new feature in Visual Studio “15” called lightweight Solution load. This feature significantly reduces Solution load… Read more

Faster Visual Studio “15” Startup

As John mentioned last Wednesday in the preview 5 announcement post, we are investing heavily performance improvements in this release. This is part one of a five-part series covering performance improvements for Visual Studio “15”. Today, I’ll walk you through a set of investments we made to improve the Visual Studio startup experience in this… Read more

Announcing Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

Today we released Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. With this Preview, I want to focus mostly on performance improvements, and in the coming days we’ll have some follow-up posts about the performance gains we’ve seen. I’m also going to point out some of the productivity enhancements we’ve made. So kick off the installer here and… Read more

10 things you should try on the leap day

It’s February 2016 and so those of us on the Gregorian calendar get to enjoy an extra day in the month! What will you do in those 24 bonus hours? How about learning some new tools and technologies? Here are ten great suggestions—OK, eleven! It is a leap year, so it’s a leap list: Get… Read more